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President's message April 2023
3 May, 2023
Tēnā koutou katoa / Wominjeka Umarkoo
(Hello to you all / Welcome Everyone)
Welcome to the April edition of the College e-news. I hope many of you were able to spend some time away over the Easter and ANZAC public holidays, although this is a very busy and stressful time of year for those who are involved in College examinations. An inordinate amount of work goes into these essential assessments from candidates, examiners and staff alike. I want to acknowledge all of those who are currently working hard to prepare for the upcoming oral component of the exams.
As you may know, the results from the written component of the Second Part Exam were released just over two weeks ago, and there was concern raised by some of you in response to a pass rate that was lower than at previous sittings.
This is not the first time the Second Part Written has had a low pass rate, and everybody sets out for a desired outcome of success. When this doesn’t happen, there is a huge amount of stress, valid questions, proposals for improvements and anxiety about the wider connotations for trainees navigating a unified curriculum.
From my experience as a trainee, and later as an SOT, a contemporaneous social media forum to share and amplify concerns simply didn’t exist. We worried in silos, relying on those close to us to provide advice. The connectedness of trainees/SOT’s and the wider Fellowship is now much better. The embedding of feedback mechanisms (including our excellent trainee committee) has enabled us to hear feedback more clearly than when many of us Fellows were training. I believe this connectedness is a good thing: People need to be heard in a climate of respect and collaboration, and the College are here to offer support and guidance.
I want to reiterate that we all need to lean on personal and professional support networks. Sharing results and reflections with Supervisors of Training and/or mentors.
A communication was sent out from the Executive that acknowledged the above concerns and outlined a plan to conduct a robust review process of the written component
once the examination is concluded
. As I type this, we are finalising a formal agreement with the Australian Council for Education Research to this end.
For candidates who would like to provide feedback on their exam experience,
please don’t hesitate to contact the College by emailing
or calling +61 03 9514 2888. We also have Converge International, which all trainees and SIMGs can access.
CPD on the MDP
I may be alone in experiencing the stages of grief in response to the mandatory two-factor-authentication as I set up my new CPD platform. Cyber-security is the reality of doing business online, but as we build layers onto the platform it’s worth mentioning that you are the expert in knowing what would make it work better for you. We are collecting feedback on content and usability, so use the following avenues:
CPD content - email
Member Portal (cicm.org.au)
We continue to be in close contact with our partner Colleges and Medical Councils in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand as we discuss a range of issues. We remain engaged in workforce, standards, and advocacy discussions on both sides of the Tasman.
2023 ASM in Perth
is fast approaching. To view the program, see
ASM program (PDF)
. This year’s ASM will incorporate the College AGM, and be the first in-person AGM since COVID. There will also be the opportunity to congratulate those who are receiving their Fellowship at our Graduation.
Finally, there are dedicated Trainee Days planned: visit the web links below for more details and registration.
Aotearoa New Zealand National Training Day (9 June)
South Australia Trainee Conference (16 June)
I’m really looking forward to seeing many of you in person in 2023.
Best wishes, thank you and Kia kaha,